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Christ Centered Yoga
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Meeting in the St. Catherine Room.
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40 Days for Life
12:15 PM - 03:00 PM
Join us for this time of peaceful, prayerful, pro-life outreach.
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Baptismal Preparation Class
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Meeting in the Br. Juniper Room.
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Soup and Stations
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Join us for a soup and bread dinner in the Parish Center Dining Facility followed by the Stations of the Cross.
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Dublin's Irish Cabaret
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
An evening designed to please the entire family, a blend of Irish music, song, laughter and dance. Presented in the Parish Center.
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Soup and Stations
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Join us for a soup and bread dinner in the Parish Center Dining Facility followed by the Stations of the Cross.
Called & Gifted Workshop
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
This workshop helps one understand their call in life through the discernment of charisms, or gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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Called & Gifted Workshop
01:30 PM - 05:00 PM
This workshop helps one understand their call in life through the discernment of charisms, or gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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Called & Gifted Workshop
01:30 PM - 05:00 PM
This workshop helps one understand their call in life through the discernment of charisms, or gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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Soup and Stations
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Join us for a soup and bread dinner in the Parish Center Dining Facility followed by the Stations of the Cross.
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The Franciscan Challenge

 

All of us face challenges in our lives: relational, economic, personal loss, or even a challenge of faith in God or the Church. As Franciscans, we hope our message and outreach have helped to make your life’s challenges less painful. But now, more than ever, we Franciscans face our own challenges: educating the men in the process of becoming friars, supporting our friars who serve the poor, and caring for our sick and aging friars.

We ask for prayers and financial support as we continue our mission of “healing wounds, uniting what has fallen apart, and bringing home those who have lost their way.” Make our annual appeal, The Franciscan Challenge, your own, and help continue to make that Franciscan spirit a force for the change our world so desperately needs. If you can support the work of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province, please print the pledge card and mail it to:

The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province
Office of Development
144 West 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001-3202

Thank you for being an Instrument of Peace. May the Lord bless you always.

 
 

Welcome

Welcome to Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Triangle, Virginia. We are a Catholic faith community that seeks to live the Gospel through the celebration of Franciscan Spirituality amidst a diverse, ever-changing global culture. We welcome you to join us as we seek to deepen our experience of God's love.

If you are new to the area and would like to make St. Francis of Assisi your home parish, please be sure to complete a parish registration and bring it to the office during your next visit. Please, visit our parish registration page for more information.

 



 

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NEWS & UPDATES
Inclement Weather Update
Due to weather and road conditions, all parish activities have been cancelled today, March 6th.

Inclement Weather Update
Due to weather and road conditions, all parish activities have been cancelled today, March 6th.

This includes First Friday, any scheduled meetings, as well as Soup & Stations this evening.
 
Now What? Discover: Survey Results
We received 1,200 responses to the Now What? survey, which was conducted during Masses the weekend of February 15th. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to provide feedback.

Now What? Discover: Survey Results
We received 1,200 responses to the Now What? survey, which was conducted during Masses the weekend of February 15th. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to provide feedback.

Our plan is to use the communication methods you have identified as the most effective to convey information on the topics you have identified as the most compelling. The results indicate the parish is interested in a variety of topics, with spirituality topping the list. Another clear result is a preference for communicating the information through Mass or through print / digital media. The results seem to indicate how busy people are in our parish and how difficult it is to return to the church for programs. Parish staff has reviewed the results and plan to incorporate them in many ways, including: integrating themes into homilies and / or announcements; adding educational content to the bulletin; increasing the use of the parish website; advertising on-line programs and courses; scheduling studies prior to or following Masses; and emphasizing programs in spirituality. It requires a lot of work to move from a place of complacency...and movement is exactly what this Now What? campaign is all about!
 
Support the Kairos Program
The Kairos Program is a prison ministry, which involves screened volunteers visiting and interacting with those who are incarcerated. Its purpose is to build a Christian community internal to the prison.

Support the Kairos Program
The Kairos Program is a prison ministry, which involves screened volunteers visiting and interacting with those who are incarcerated. Its purpose is to build a Christian community internal to the prison.

This March 19th - 22nd, we have two parishioners who will be visiting members at Sussex I Correctional Center. You can assist our Kairos representatives in the following manner. 1) Prayer/Wheel Chain: Intercessory prayer is powerful - for those incarcerated as well as their families. Kairos asks for a list of volunteers who have offered to pray. Please contact Dennis or John at the numbers below to include your name on this powerfully meaningful list or sign-up on this website.(http://3dayol.org/Vigil/GetVigil.phtml?pvid=10324) 2) Make Cookies: Our two volunteers are responsible for bringing 100 dozen cookies as a metaphor for abundant love. As one released prisoner said, "There is a whole world in a dozen cookies". If you can help make this happen, please call Dennis or John re recipes for making cookies since the prison environment has many restrictions. You can deliver cookies to Lisa Ostendorf in the parish office up to Thursday, March 12th. Please contact Dennis Fargo at 703.472.5518 or John Cipparone at 703.580.6406 or 603.512.9680.
 
Adult Faith Formation Opportunity for Lent
For many of us, it is a challenge to balance the commitments and obligations toward our family, our jobs and our faith.

Adult Faith Formation Opportunity for Lent
For many of us, it is a challenge to balance the commitments and obligations toward our family, our jobs and our faith.

With Lent approaching, additional events and obligations may prove to be overwhelming. If this situation accurately describes your current sentiments, consider joining Matthew Kelly for: "The Best Lent Ever". Many of you were introduced to Matthew through his book, "Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose". Matthew has guaranteed your best Lenten experience ever through his online program offered by Dynamic Catholic. This is a totally free program that will offer weekly videos and inspirational e-mails that will change your life. Do not give up chocolate this Lent! Join Matthew by signing up today. Log on to www.dynamiccatholic.com and click on the sign-up banner for the Best Lent Ever. For more information, please contact John Habel at jhabel@stfrncis.org.
 
Called & Gifted Workshop
Are you still asking yourself, "Now What?". Are you having trouble deciding what you should do next, either in your spiritual life or personal life?

Called & Gifted Workshop
Are you still asking yourself, "Now What?". Are you having trouble deciding what you should do next, either in your spiritual life or personal life?

Consider investing a weekend of your time in the Called & Gifted program here at St. Francis of Assisi. The Called & Gifted workshop, created by the Catherine of Siena Institute, helps one understand their call in life through the discernment of charisms, or gifts of the Holy Spirit. Bill Sydow will be leading our next Called & Gifted Workshop on the weekend of March 20th - 22nd. The workshop starts Friday night, running from 7:00 - 9:30 pm, and continues with two sessions on Saturday and Sunday, both running 1:30 - 5:00 pm. For more information or to register for the workshop, please contact Bill Sydow at billsydowjr@yahoo.com.
 
Adult Confirmation Classes
Are you or someone you know interested in completing initiation with the sacrament of Confirmation?

Adult Confirmation Classes
Are you or someone you know interested in completing initiation with the sacrament of Confirmation?

Adult Confirmation classes will begin Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 pm in the church (side chapel). This six week program is for Catholic adults who have already received the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist (First Communion) and would like to complete initiation with the sacrament of Confirmation. Please register with Lisa Ostendorf at lostendorf@stfrncis.org or 703.221.4044, ext.277, to reserve a textbook before March 20th.
 
Easter Baskets for Francis House
The parish is providing Easter baskets for our friends at Francis House again this year.

Easter Baskets for Francis House
The parish is providing Easter baskets for our friends at Francis House again this year.

Please consider donating any of the following items by March 26th: Easter candy, large plastic Easter bags to wrap the baskets in or colored cellophane with ribbon, coloring books, crayons, small toys, and books. Please, no plastic eggs or grass as your generosity is still overflowing from previous years. Your donations are greatly appreciated! Questions? Please contact Sheila Noble at snoble@stfrncis.org.
 
Lenten Mass and Confession Schedule
Lenten Mass and Confession Schedule
Lenten Mass and Confession Schedule During Lent Mass will be celebrated at 8:45 am and 12 noon Monday through Friday. Confessions will be heard every Tuesday during Lent from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm, beginning February 24th, in addition to every Saturday from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry How heavy we make situations in our life. Some get so out of hand that we cannot carry the load ourselves. Before things in your life get out of control, please call Kathy Walker at 703.221.4312 and then press 4, to talk about having a Stephen Minister help you with your issues, crisis, or personal concerns. We are always here to listen.
Seasons of Hope
Seasons of Hope
Seasons of Hope If you are dealing with the grief involved in the recent loss of a loved one, consider joining the Seasons of Hope Bereavement group which will be offered this March on Tuesday afternoons, at 1:00 pm. Please contact Lisa Ostendorf at 703.221.4044, ext.277 or lostendorf@stfrncis.org for more information or to register, and reserve your materials.
Cancellations
Cancellations
Cancellations Due to weather and road conditions, all parish activities have been cancelled today, March 6th. This includes any scheduled meetings and Soup & Stations this evening.
Soup and Stations
Soup and Stations
Soup and Stations Due to weather and road conditions, Soup & Stations will be cancelled today, March 6th. Each Friday during Lent we will celebrate Soup and Stations beginning February 20th at 6:00 pm, with a soup and bread dinner in the Parish Center Dining Facility, followed by the Stations of the Cross in the church. Each week a different ministry group will sponsor the dinner. Please join us in this time of fellowship and prayer.
Baptismal Preparation Class
Baptismal Preparation Class
Baptismal Preparation Class Our next class will be held on Sunday, March 8th from 1:15 - 2:00 pm in the Br. Juniper Room. Please call the parish office to register at 703.221.4044.
40 Days for Life
40 Days for Life
40 Days for Life Sponsored by our Respect Life Committee, join the parish as we participate in the 2015 spring 40 Days for Life campaign on Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and on Saturday, March 21 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm (come for an hour or stay for all two). We will meet at the parish both days at 12:15 pm to form carpools for a time of peaceful, prayerful, pro-life outreach. To sign-up and/or get more details, contact Rob at rgoraieb@stfrncis.org. From conception to natural death, we pray for, advocate for and celebrate life!
Dublin's Irish Cabaret
Irish Cabaret
Irish Cabaret Please join us on Saturday, March 14th at 8:00 pm in the Parish Center for an evening designed to please the entire family, Dublin's Irish Cabaret. From a 4th sell-out of Carnegie Hall, Andy Cooney, Irish America's favorite son and Noel V. Ginnity, Ireland's funniest comedian team up to provide an exhilarating and distinctive blend of Irish music, song, laughter and dance. Joining them is the Darrah Carr Dance group and the Guinness Irish Band. For tickets, please visit www.irishcabaret.org, $25 - $35.
Car Raffle
Car Raffle
Car Raffle The cars are coming - the cars are coming! On March 14th and 15th, two of the 2015 Car Raffle vehicles , GMC Sierra Truck and Honda Odyssey Van, will be on the lawn for you to view. If you need additional car raffle tickets, please contact Kathy Greene at St. Francis of Assisi School or greenek.sfas@gmail.com. Unsold tickets and ticket stubs with payment may be returned by mail, to the school office, or the catch-all box located in the vestibule of the church. This is the largest fundraiser for the parish and we thank you in advance for your support!
Easter Memorial Flowers
Easter Memorial Flowers
Easter Memorial Flowers If you would like to make a donation for Easter memorial flowers, and remember your loved ones in this way, please fill out the information on the envelope on the table in the vestibule and drop it in the catch-all slot. These names will be listed in the bulletin during the Easter season.
March Madness
March Madness
March Madness If you love college basketball, then you may like to participate in our March Madness event. It is a charitable twist on the popular March Madness Bracket for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship benefitting St. Francis School. Participants must be 18 years or older and there is one bracket entry per person. The suggested donation to play is a minimum of $5 but you choose how much to give. Please email PTO.sfas@gmail.com by Midnight, March 15th to indicate you would like to participate.

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